More Trees Less Eejits

In the immortal words of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, what the world needs now is love love love. Ain’t that the truth? But what the world also needs now, to the same magnitude, is trees trees trees. More trees and less eejits. The requirements of our planet right now can be neatly summarised in… Read more »

What the World Needs Now

It all started with the brilliant Sunday night set on the main stage at All Together Now from Fleet Foxes. I have been meaning for a while to catch up with their current album ‘Crack-Up’. So, they come out and play a load of tunes that I know from their first two records, and they… Read more »

Here and There

I see a feature in the Sunday Independent magazine there last week about how more and more ‘creatives’ are eschewing Dublin and choosing to live in what the magazine chooses to call ‘rural Ireland’. Except in this instance what the magazine really means by ‘rural Ireland’ is the same as it always means by ‘rural… Read more »

Big Little Lies

In the fullness of time, Big Little Lies will come to be regarded as one of the preeminent pieces of art of this time. It is set in present day Monterey California and primarily concerns the lives of four emotionally troubled women Madeline, Renata, Jane and Celeste. In the western slice of the geoid we… Read more »

Something Borrowed

The notion of borrowed landscape is a concept with which you become fairly familiar in this line of work. The phrase itself should be self-explanatory; what is visible beyond the confines of a garden or space has a huge bearing on the character of a place. In some instances, it may be positive and needs… Read more »

Art & Randoms

There was a woman on the radio the other day who has just written a book entitled “Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That”. She is an advocate of the gallery system as an effective means of bringing worthwhile pieces of art to the attention of the public. She made the point that it… Read more »

The Vertical Forest

Social media gets a bad rap. By some accounts it is nothing more than a toxic vortex, a black hole into which is disappearing the best years of our lives. Any time spent on Facebook looking at some vague acquaintance’s carefully staged skiing photographs is time you’ll never get back. Time that would be better… Read more »


Here’s what most people know about Ballymun. It is a working- class suburb of north Dublin City. In the 1960s it was a particularly deprived working- class suburb of north Dublin City into which it was decided to insert a bunch of high rise concrete apartment blocks wherein, it was hoped, the good people of… Read more »

Garden Vs. Landscape

I subscribe to an American magazine entitled ‘The Dirt’, the monthly publication of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). That designation is important, ‘landscape architects’. Because here we have another one of those common instances where confusion surrounds the language we habitually use to describe something or to make certain subtle distinctions between things.… Read more »

The Great Indoors

There I was the other day wondering why I don’t spend more time agonising over plant choices for the interior of my house. It’s a well-recognised phenomenon, particularly in Ireland, that our gardens are as much for gazing upon and admiring from the inside as they are for immersing oneself in on the outside. So,… Read more »